University Honors Program
The University Honors Program emerges from Hamline’s mission. It is an opportunity for students to make the most of their undergraduate careers by pursuing academic excellence, undergraduate research, community involvement, and individual development. Students who participate in the University Honors Program seek out academic challenges, create community with one another, and find their achievements recognized and validated. They exemplify the way Hamline students pursue and prepare for lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.
There are several forms of honors with which students can graduate:
- University honors: University Honors reflect the completion of a comprehensive program that honors Hamline’s mission, values, and vision. Students who have fulfilled requirements in four areas—academic excellence, undergraduate research, contributions to community, and development as a lifelong learner—graduate with University honors.
- Latin honors: Latin honors reflect a student’s GPA. Students who have 52 or more credits graded on an A–F scale and meet the following overall GPA requirements graduate with Latin honors: 3.50–3.74: Cum laude; 3.75–3.89: Magna cum laude; 3.9 and above: Summa cum laude. Students pursuing University Honors can also achieve Latin honors and can apply this distinction in the category of academic excellence.
- Departmental honors: Departmental honors reflect the completion of a major research or creative project. Students who successfully complete a Departmental Honors Project (DHP) in their major graduate with departmental honors. Students pursuing University Honors can also achieve departmental honors and can apply this distinction in the category of undergraduate research.
University honors are organized around four pillars: Academic excellence, research experience, contributions to community, and development of the self as a lifelong learner. Students must achieve in all four pillars. In your application, you will be asked to reflect upon and describe two ways you might fulfill each pillar.
University honors applications are due twice a year, in early December and late April. You can sign in with your Hamline email address to access the form. You will not be able to save and return to the application once you have begun.
If you have any questions about the application process, content, or format, please contact Susie Steinbach, university honors director at email@example.com.
Departmental Honors Projects
A Departmental Honors Project (DHP) is a rigorous and fulfilling way of pursuing a long-term research project in your major. DHPs may emerge from sophomore- and junior-year courses, study-abroad experiences, collaborative research projects, or students’ intellectual passions. Students usually begin formal work on DHPs in the spring of junior year, and complete the DHP in the spring of the senior year. To learn more about DHPs in your department, consult your advisor and your department chair.
Alpha Kappa Delta is an international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein, or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology and the research of social problems. Undergraduate membership is limited to sociology majors (or those who have demonstrated a serious interest in sociology) who are juniors or seniors and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
This society has a three-fold purpose: Stimulation of sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research. Requirements for membership include concentration in the field of biology and superior scholarship.
Established in 1992, Iota Iota Iota recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of students in women’s studies, and members strive to maintain the values central to women’s studies: Egalitarianism, inclusivity, and a celebration of the diversity of women’s experiences. Hamline is home to the Omicron chapter of this national honor society.
Hamline University is proud to have had an Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Circle on its campus since 2008. ODK is the National Leadership Honor Society in the United States and the society recognizes junior and senior students who have excelled in academics while being leaders of organizations, teams and programs on college campuses. ODK places emphasis upon the development of the whole person, both as a present member of their college community and as a prospective contributor to a better society.
At Hamline University, ODK was formed from the Brooks-Osnes Leadership Honorary Society founded in 2004 at the 150th Anniversary of Hamline University.
The motives which guided the founders of ODK sprang from a desire to bring together in one body, for the general good of the institution, all leaders in the various phases of college activities. They were convinced that such an honor society, properly conducted, would offer maximum opportunities and experiences for the campus. It would also serve as a cooperative effort for more effective leadership and service in the purposes, interests, and needs of the institution, and for the maintenance and improvement of the unity and democracy of learning and citizenship responsibilities.
At Hamline University, the same motives of leadership and the betterment of society were instrumental in the founding of the Brooks-Osnes Society and then ODK. The Dean of Students Office serves in an advisory capacity for ODK and the Dean serves as Faculty Secretary. Each year an average of 30 new student members and 10 new faculty and staff are inducted into the Hamline circle.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest honor society in the United States for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, the Society has played an important part in the intellectual history of the nation for more than two hundred years, and has counted among its members leading scholars, justices of the supreme court, business leaders and others. The Society publishes an academic journal, The American Scholar, which takes its name from the address delivered by Ralph Waldo Emerson to the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Harvard University on August 31, 1837.
The Minnesota Zeta Chapter was established at Hamline University in August of 1973.
Election to membership is an honor conferred in recognition of students’ personal qualifications, the breadth and depth of their academic work, and their scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.
A national psychology honor society promoting the advancement of the science of psychology, and to encourage, stimulate, and maintain the scholarship of the individual members in all academic fields, especially psychology.
Founded in 1994, Sigma Beta Delta recognizes outstanding scholarship by students enrolled in business and economics baccalaureate degree programs. Its purposes are to promote high scholarship in business and economics education and to recognize and award scholastic achievement.
A prestigious national Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi elects outstanding students who demonstrate skills and interest in the language and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
Whether or not you're pursuing University honors, strong students who plan to pursue postgraduate study should consider applying for fellowships and scholarships. Consult the list below, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more support.
Domestic study opportunities
- National Institute of Health
- National Science Foundation Fellowship
- Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
- Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose
- Udall Scholarship